“Here are 7 steps for learning data mining and data science. Although they are numbered, you can do them in parallel or in a different order.
1. Languages: Learn R, Python, and SQL
2. Tools: Learn how to use data mining and visualization tools
3. Textbooks: Read introductory textbooks to understand the fundamentals
4. Education: watch webinars, take courses, and consider a certificate or a degree in data science
5. Data: Check available data resources and find something there
6. Competitions: Participate in data mining competitions
7. Interact with other data scientists, via social networks, groups, and meetings.”
Gregory Piatetsky ( 2013 )